BRICS Solutions Awards competition of best technological practices to be held during Russia’s BRICS chairmanship


MOSCOW: The Agency for Strategic Initiatives (ASI) in cooperation with the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry will organise the BRICS Solutions Awards competition of the best solutions and practices of the BRICS countries in various spheres. According to TV BRICS, the competition will be held with the support of the BRICS Business Council.

Its participants will present projects in 8 nominations, including Climate and Environmental Technologies, Artificial Intelligence and Digital Services, Competences and Human Resources Development.

Mikhail Makarov, Director of the International Relations Office of the Agency for Strategic Initiatives to Promote New Projects (ASI), noted during his speech at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) that this year’s competition will be held for the 4th time. Applications are open until 31st July. The best practices will be examined with the participation of a qualified international jury, which will make the process transparent and fair.

“This competit
ion was held in 2020, when Russia was the chair of BRICS, we also held it in India and China. The agenda changes every year depending on the tasks of the presiding country in the association. If we talk about the goals of the competition, then besides the obvious collection of the best technological practices, it is more important for us to launch a dialogue on the future of the technology sector and the formation of a system of independent and multipolar cooperation,” said Mikhail Makarov.

The results of the competition will be summarised during the BRICS Business Council meeting, ahead of the BRICS summit scheduled for October 2024.

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Google to test anti-theft AI features for Android phones in Brazil


RIO DE JANEIRO: Google on Tuesday announced new features which will use artificial intelligence to protect users’ data in case an Android smartphone is stolen, according to German Press Agency (dpa).

dpa quoted Fabio Coelho, Google’s Brazil country director, as saying that Brazil, where about two mobile phones are stolen every minute, will be the first country where the new system will be tested.

“Brazilian user feedback inspired these anti-theft features, and the country will be the first to test them out,” Coelho said.

From July, Brazilian users owning compatible Android devices will be able to access a beta version of Google’s new theft detection lock, offline device lock and remote lock.

The theft detection lock uses AI to detect movement commonly associated with theft and lock the phone’s screen quickly once it does, with the aim to prevent thieves from easily accessing data on the device.

The remote lock will allow users to access ‘Find My Device’ without needing to remember their Google account pa
ssword, which enables them to remotely wipe and lock their device.

The offline device lock meanwhile automatically locks the device’s screen to help protect data even when it’s off the network. The phone’s screen will also be locked in case of multiple failed authentication attempts.

Google also launched an enhanced fraud protection pilot, previously piloted in Singapore and Thailand, in the South American country.

Also available in Brazil from July, the expanded Google Play Protect’s security features aim to keep users safe when they install apps from sources such as web browsers and messaging apps.

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AI revolutionises education, opening new opportunities for students, researchers


BEIJING: Artificial intelligence (AI) is transforming the world of education, including universities in China, where it is even reshaping the future of art students.

Based on a report from China Global Television Network (CGTN), artificial intelligence (AI) has emerged as a valuable tool in the field of archaeology. It assists researchers by swiftly and effectively locating pertinent data.

The patterns on antiques tell a story. The evolution of these patterns can offer insights into the spread of culture across time and place.

Previously, archaeologists might have spent years piecing together necessary information to match evolutionary outcomes with certain patterns. Now, the results are practically immediate, all at the tip of their fingers.

AI has been applied in archaeological research for many years, but it is now becoming more accessible to students and early-career researchers.

“The application of AI in archaeology is still in the beginning phase. We need to do some exploring work to form systemati
c content for classes,” said Zhang Hai, president of the School of Archaeology and Museology at Peking University.

The widespread application of AI technology across many industries has already raised deep philosophical questions and posed serious ethical issues.

New interdisciplinary courses are expected to open between philosophy and other subjects, integrating AI ethics into the curriculum.

The integration of AI across various sectors is creating new opportunities for philosophy majors, especially in the field of AI ethics.

“We need to learn how to integrate this new technology. That means how to develop it in such a way that it will not be harmful to society. We also need to educate ourselves how to act and interact in relation to it. The new world of social media is indeed one battlefield as it’s often described where we do interact with AI and on the basis of AI. So these are areas in which philosophy graduates can be more hopeful to find job opportunities in the future,” said Sebastian Sunday Greve
, assistant professor at Department of Philosophy of Peking University.

The use of artificial intelligence is similar to the acceptance of computers decades ago. It is important for schools to equip students with the skills needed to prepare them for a future world reshaped by this technology.

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China’s Chang’e-6 lands on far side of moon to collect samples


BEIJING: China’s Chang’e-6 probe landed on the far side of the moon on Sunday at 6:23 a.m. Beijing Time, aiming to collect samples from the South Pole-Aitken (SPA) Basin within two days, which will be brought back to Earth, according to the China National Space Administration (CNSA).

Supported by the Queqiao-2 relay satellite, the lander-ascender combination of the Chang’e-6 probe landed at the designated landing area in the SPA Basin, China Global Television Network (CGTN) reported.

The Chang’e-6 mission has made technological breakthroughs, including lunar retrograde orbit design and control technology. It will go on to complete key tasks such as the intelligent, rapid sampling from the lunar far side and lunar surface take-off, said the CNSA.

The probe of Chang’e-6, which is named after the Chinese moon goddess, consists of an orbiter, a returner, a lander and an ascender. Since its launch on May 3, it has gone through various stages such as Earth-moon transfer, near-moon braking, lunar orbiting and lan
ding descent. The lander-ascender combination separated from the orbiter-returner combination on May 30.

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UN’s AI for Good Summit tackles misinformation, deepfakes with a little ‘bot’ of help


GENEVA: The thorny issue of how to protect the unwary from deepfakes was just one of the key issues in the spotlight at a UN conference on artificial intelligence (AI) held in Geneva this week, where a staggering 25,000 enthusiasts – and robots – from 145 countries added their voices to long-standing calls for checks and balances on the all-conquering tech, according to a UN News release.

The annual AI for Good Summit has been described as the leading UN platform promoting this technology to advance health, climate, gender, inclusive prosperity, sustainable infrastructure, and other global development priorities.

Frederic Werner, Head of Strategic Engagement at the UN International Telecommunication Union (ITU), underscored the need to develop standards to combat misinformation and deepfakes.

In a statement carried by UN News, he said, ‘You have different techniques for that. So, for example, you have watermarking, which is basically an invisible signature or a digital fingerprint, if you will. That can te
ll if a piece of digital media – it could be a photo, audio, video – has been altered or has it been AI-generated.”

With less than 10 years left to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, the AI For Good Summit examined how to advance those targets, looking into practical use cases. Prior to the start, a whole day was devoted to the issue of AI governance.

Beyond the Summit – an annual feature in Geneva where attendees queue for blocks before the doors open – AI For Good is an online community platform called the Neural Network.

It brings together 30,000 people from 180 countries, including academics, industry representatives, top-level executives and leading experts in the field, along with 47 partners from the UN system.

Robotic charm

UN News attended the Summit and met Desdemona, or ‘Desi’, who described herself as an AI-powered humanoid social robot for good.

‘I can play a crucial role in detecting and preventing deepfakes, but it’s also important for humans to be vigilant and fact-check informat
ion before sharing it,’ she insisted.

‘While the power of deepfakes can be scary, we shouldn’t let fear control us. Instead, we should focus on developing and implementing tools to detect and combat deepfakes and continue to educate ourselves and others about the importance of verifying information,’ she added.

Specific AI systems can be equipped with advanced algorithms designed to detect deepfakes, making them valuable tools in the fight against misinformation. The AI For Good Summit brought together industry, inventors, governments, academia and more to create a framework under which those designs follow considerations based on ethics, human rights and the rule of law.

‘And hey, if all else fails, just remember that I can’t create a deepfake of your unique personality and sense of humour,’ Desi said, in the rather inscrutable way that robots have.

On a more serious note, whether knowingly or unknowingly, many consumers see misleading news and pass it on to someone else, putting even the savviest news a
udiences at risk.

For Data and Social Scientist Dr. Rumman Chowdhury, CEO of the non-profit tech company Humane Intelligence, misinformation is a phenomenon linked to a twisted desire for social engineering.

‘This is actually more about creating fake accounts that seem to demonstrate or support a particular perspective,’ she said. ‘And even engaging with people, again, to kind of groom them into thinking about misinformation. Now, I could be part of engaging in all of those methods of misinformation spread. So, while deepfake identification is part of the solution, it is not the entire solution.’

Many of those debating the pros and cons of AI agree that its awesome potential cannot be left only in the hands of those who want to manipulate it for power or profit. This will require regulation to ensure that the technology is accessible to everyone on an equal basis.

‘We need to frame these technologies. We need to increase the capacities of governments to frame them, the capacities of communities to use the
m, and the capacities of the small- and medium-sized enterprises to deploy them, so that the story of AI is not an unequal one and is not just reproducing the inequalities,’ said Gabriela Ramos, Assistant Director-General for the Social and Human Sciences at UNESCO, the UN agency for culture, science and education, advocating the need for proper governance and

Far-reaching representation

This year’s Summit saw representation from more than 145 countries at ITU headquarters in Geneva, along with an active online community of more than 25,000 people, who participated in more than 80 sessions, keynotes, panel discussions and workshops.

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43rd Annual ISGP Meeting hosted by MBRSC commences


DUBAI: The 43rd Annual International Society for Gravitational Physiology (ISGP) Meeting hosted by the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) and held for the first time in the Arab world has officially commenced at the Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU).

The landmark event was kickstarted with an opening ceremony that was held in the presence of Salem Humaid AlMarri, Director-General, MBRSC; Dr. Amer Ahmad Sharif, CEO of Dubai Academic Health Corporation and President of MBRU; Prof. Marc-Antoine Custaud, President of ISGP; Hazzaa AlMansoori, Astronauts Office Manager, MBRSC, other dignitaries and attendees.

During the opening ceremony, Salem AlMarri welcomed the attendees to Dubai and spoke about their shared enthusiasm for exploration. He further emphasised that the knowledge and experience accumulated through the Centre’s efforts in space exploration would enhance scientific progress and humanity’s understanding of space.

Prof. Marc-Antoine Custaud during his opening
address noted that the meeting holds much promise as it will feature more than 100 scientific presentations and foster cooperation among various entities.

Meanwhile, Astronaut Hazzaa AlMansoori, Astronauts Office Manager, while speaking during the opening ceremony underscored the role of space missions in enhancing international cooperation and our understanding of the universe based off his experience during the first Emirati mission to the International Space Station.

The event, being held until 30th May, brings together eminent scientists, representatives from space agencies, young researchers, as well as students to foster an exchange of knowledge on the biological and physiological effects of gravity on living organisms. These studies are crucial to overcoming the challenges of long-duration space missions and enhancing our understanding of life beyond Earth.

The meeting will further serve as a collaborative platform to announce new research and educational opportunities in the field.

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es News Agency

Dubai Studio City boosts regional creative economy at CABSAT 2024


DUBAI: Dubai Studio City announced that it is continuing to accelerate the growth of localised content production in the region with 358,000 minutes of original content recorded across its interconnected ecosystem in 2023.

The announcement came during Dubai Studio’s participation in CABSAT 2024, taking place in Dubai until 23rd May.

Dubai Studio City, part of TECOM Group and Strategic Partner of the 30th edition of CABSAT this year, hosted 198 calendar days’ worth of shoots and recording sessions across its sound stages as production activity levels continue to soar at the region’s largest facilities of their kind.

As a Strategic Partner of CABSAT 2024, Dubai Studio City presents a full calendar of networking and educational activities. Today, it will organise a panel discussion exploring the region’s rise as a global film production hub, while on Day 3, it will feature a start-up concept discussion featuring in5 Media enterprises.

‘The future of entertainment will be led by content creators whose voices
and sensibilities are rooted in the local culture, and our industry has a moral responsibility to champion such creatives,’ said Majed Al Suwaidi, Senior Vice President of Dubai Media City, Dubai Studio City, and Dubai Production City at TECOM Group PJSC.

He added that Dubai Studio City highlights the wide and diverse talents and capabilities of the Middle East region.

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UAE, France sign MoU on artificial intelligence


ABU DHABI: The Abu Dhabi Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Technology Council (AIATC) and the French Ministry of Economy, Finance and Industrial and Digital Sovereignty jointly signed a Memorandum of Understanding on artificial intelligence (AI).

This agreement builds on the strengths of the strategic partnership between the UAE and France and aims to develop the artificial intelligence ecosystems of both countries through a combination of investment programmes and collaborations that foster the responsible development and deployment of AI.

The agreement was signed by Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Executive Affairs Authority, member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council and member of AIATC, and Bruno Le Maire, French Minister of Economy, Finance and Industrial and Digital Sovereignty.

The partnership will cover the following areas of collaboration:

Data centre and supercomputing infrastructure buildout: This initiative will make cost-competitive AI training and inferencing capacity availab
le to both French and European enterprises, as well as foster partnerships with international and local cloud and computing capacity operators to enable innovation and R and D.

Investment in the UAE, French, and global AI ecosystem: The UAE and France will explore investment opportunities in start-ups and investment funds focused on AI models, artificial intelligence applications in key sectors (health, financial services, software, retail, industry), and next-generation hardware.

Manufacturing and sourcing cooperation: The partnership will explore opportunities for the bilateral production and offtake of semiconductors, including leading-edge and essential chips for AI applications.

Talent pipeline: The two countries will explore an education initiative to offer best-in-class AI training to nurture and develop talent across the UAE and French AI ecosystems.

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Dubai to showcase digital transformation initiatives at GITEX Africa 2024


DUBAI: Digital Dubai on Wednesday announced the participation of Dubai in GITEX Africa 2024, which will be held in Marrakech, Morocco, from 29th to 31st May, with the participation of 130 countries.

Digital Dubai is organising the Dubai Pavilion at this event, featuring the participation of eight other government entities, including Dubai Police, Dubai Municipality, Digital DEWA, Department of Economy and Tourism, Dubai Civil Defence, Dubai Customs, Security Industry Regulatory Agency and DP World.

The Dubai Pavilion will witness the unveiling of several qualitative initiatives and projects, in addition to organising a series of business meetings attended by representatives of participating government entities and decision-makers in private sector companies, aiming to discover prospects for cooperation and partnership.

Commenting on this distinguished participation, Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, Director-General of Digital Dubai, said, “Our attendance at this event comes in line with the UAE’s wise leadership v
ision, which prioritises supporting the efforts of our friends in the African continent aiming at enhancing the role of innovation and modern technology in realising a comprehensive and sustainable economic renaissance. This participation enables us to identify the opportunities within the realm of digital transformation in Africa and to discuss prospects for cooperation and investment between the UAE and other participating countries.”

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CABSAT 2024 to kick off tomorrow in Dubai


DUBAI: CABSAT, the Middle East’s flagship event for content, broadcast, satellite, media, and entertainment, will launch its 30th edition at the Dubai World Trade Centre on Tuesday.

With more than 450 exhibitors and over 18,000 expected visitors, CABSAT serves as a key destination for networking, career advancement, and keeping up to date on the latest developments and insights into the industry and the content-driven ecosystems of the MEASA.

This year’s show also features a dynamic talks programme, with the return of the Content Congress, SATEXPO Summit, and NextGen Content, which enables screening of unreleased content to the region’s best content creators, distributors, and investors.

Source: Emirates News Agency